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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 21, 2011 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Movie Attendees

Just wondering about folks' reaction who went to the movie yesterday. What was the makeup of the audience in general? Always curious about the health of "the family" outside our little world.

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Poster: DeadATL Date: Apr 21, 2011 7:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Poor attendance in Dunwoody, GA. Some high school kids and some older Heads, but otherwise a sparse crowd. I was the only one tapping my feet (to say nothing of dancing!). I was disappointed considering the sold-out Furthur shows in Atlanta...

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Poster: cb18201 Date: Apr 22, 2011 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

went to one in brandford, CT. the theatre was about 90% full, only a few empty seats here and there. ide say the audience was half old heads and half new heads. people clapped an yelled after every song, sometimes the whole theatre would be singin along with certain songs, especially eyes of the world. that seemed to get everyone goin. right after US Blues someone yells out "play St. Stephen" and the whole place erupted in laughter. the interview at the beginning was pretty interesting and a good addition. someone in this thread said something about not liking the animations. your joking right? the whole opening sequence is some of the coolest and most creative stuff ive ever seen. ive always liked the whole pinball concept and especially the motorcycle sequence. i wish there were more of the animation stuff throughout. i like how theres interviews and other stuff that will cut in during songs and then come back to the song at some point. gives the film a different feel then just a straight up concert film. more of a documentary feel i guess. overall i would definitely go see it again if they played it in the future. ive had the dvd since it came out but theres nothing like seeing it on a big screen. ive listened to hundreds of shows from the early 70s but there is just something about actually seeing live footage of them play during this period. being able to see jerry and the boys looking so young and healthy seemed like it reminded everyone of the energy these guys gave off while playing in a place like winterland. one of those intangibles that an audio recording cannot fully achieve.

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Poster: MindBendah Date: Apr 22, 2011 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Saw the movie in Bowie, MD theatre it was about 70% full. The movie was fantastic to see on the big screen and I really enjoyed the interviews of Jerry and Bob.

The most pleasant surprise was the absence of those uber-annoying pre-movie commercials, instead a really great slide show of GD photos and music. I do not know if it was the same slide show and music in every theatre across the country, but there was a really great version of Playin in the Band that was played right before the movie started, does anyone happen to know what date it was from?

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Poster: Hal R Date: Apr 21, 2011 11:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Probably about 75 here in Spokane, WA. Six of us went there together, made it an event. About 1/4 folks too young to have ever seen the band. Most folks were dressed with Dead t shirts or tie dyes or the women in peasant dresses. There was lots of clapping, some yelling out like at shows, a few folks dancing. We were moving in our seats for much of it. I was reminded of how energetic Jerry was and bright and enthused. The close up shots of the faces were intense, guy next to us yelled "nice teeth" when Bobby was up. Loved all the shots of the audience in the movie, these are my peers. What energy! How beautiful everyone was and how many of the women in the movie audience still are at 40-50 pus. Did you notice Ned Lagin in there playing keyboards? I hope they do this again next year maybe with Closing Of Winterland.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 21, 2011 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Now that is an excellent idea.

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Apr 21, 2011 2:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

AMC in Emeryville, Calif (next to Berkeley and Oakland): The theater was 80% full, but it showed in the multiplex's largest-sized, stadium-seating auditorium. (And it played at another half dozen theaters in the Bay Area.) The sound was fantastic! I didn't notice if it was DTS or Dolby, but the re-mastered version used the most of every channel. At least half the audience dressed up for the event in a t-shirt from a favorite GD tour and some were head-to-toe in their best vintage 1974 concert apparel. Lots of applause between songs. Great vibe.


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Poster: gmcgill Date: Apr 21, 2011 7:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

College theater about 20% full, mostly empty. 80% looked like they stepped out of 1974 wearing the same clothes. About 95% of attendees over 40.

I enjoyed seeing the movie on the big screen and the surround system of the theater was a nice plus!

edit: I arrived just at the starting time and was concerned that I wouldn't get a decent seat (I had purchased my ticket via the internet weeks ago). I couldn't have been more wrong!

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Poster: boltman Date: Apr 21, 2011 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Poor showing in the high desert (CA). Probably no more than 15 people total. About 75% my age (old). "Morning Dew" got the best response with loud applause...if 15 people qualify as loud.

Enjoyed the movie. Shows its age, but then again...don't we all! Sound system was good and enjoyed the movie with my wife. Good times!

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Poster: Ellis Van Sofa Date: Apr 21, 2011 7:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

It sold out in Santa Barbara. The crowd was older than i was expecting. Good times. People clapped after songs and some folks even got up to dance in the aisles.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 21, 2011 7:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Farmingdale was not sold out, probably about 70% full. More older heads than high-school kids. Clapping and yelling after songs and some dancing in the aisles as well.

Fun time, I hadn't seen the movie in so long, can't believe the great footage of the band and the crowd and the scene as well - some real funny stuff.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Apr 21, 2011 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

I had fun! We enjoyed a duck pizza and a bottle of Malbec before the movie.

The theater in East Hampton was perhaps 65% full. A couple of teenagers, the rest were 40-55 year olds.

The crowd was fairly subdued, no patchouli or canabis smell.

I thought the animation sequence was very dated. My favorite part of the movie was the montage of still photos from Europe travels during 1972.

I'm glad I went!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 21, 2011 8:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Good point about the animation. I wouldn't be tood upset if they redid that part using current technology, keeping everything else the same. Be good for a DVD re-release.

EDIT: Tood? Nice.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2011-04-21 15:22:05

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 21, 2011 9:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Harumph. You probably thought it was just fine to make Han Solo shoot Greedo in self-defense. Or add those blubbery CGI critters to the original Star Wars.

Actually I didn't much care for the animation sequence when I first saw it, and I saw it again about a year ago and felt the same. Much like music videos, it's somebody else's very specific vision of how the music speaks and the feeling it gives, and it just clashes with mine. Still wouldn't make any changes, though.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 21, 2011 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

I liked the dated animation

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 21, 2011 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

It is good, but I'd like to see what they could do with it out of curiosity, if nothing else.

Plus, it might open it up to a whole new audience. Kind of like the old Disney releases. I recall sitting with my daughter to watch "Cinderella" when it came out on DVD and her saying "Why is the animation so lame?". I tried explaining how incredible it was given the technology of the time and the true artistry needed to produce it. She just shrugged and wanted to see Toy Story again.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 21, 2011 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

It would be interesting and a lot less airbrush work

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Apr 21, 2011 11:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Dated animation?
I recall when the DVD was released a few years ago and my wife gave it to me as a Christmas present. She is not a Deadhead mind you - more of a pop/punk/metal type of musical taste (read Sex Pistols, The Clash, Depeche Mode, Elvis Costello, Metallica, etc). We didn't meet until 2000, so she never got to see the REAL band (did take her to a Ratdog show at Ziggy's once, but that's another story). She has learned to tolerate the obsession and even genuinely likes the music now (at least I think she does).
Anyway, I did not give her much of a description of what all was in the movie and we sit down to watch... Just when they make the transition from the animation sequence to US Blues she turns to me and says "Thank God - I was beginning to think the whole thing was going to be like that"

I did not go last night - just can't sit through a 2 1/2 movie now with all the hip issues and I just didn't feel like paying $15 to see something that I can watch at home anytime.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Apr 21, 2011 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

I wanted to go BAD but had no one to go with and it was a work night and I would have had to hang around Anchorage for another 3 hours ( live an hour north ) so I didnt

The report I recieved was that it was pretty empty but looked and sounded great on the big screen ( although good sound is hard to imagine did it? ). I can't believe they played it on TWO screens in Anchorage this town is small. And even worse we have a pizza brewpub theater that doesnt have stadium seating but has a huge screen and they didnt play it there.

Oh well if this was any kind of marketing test I'm guessing they're going to be disappointed and maybe should consider releasing it all before there's no one left who gives a shit.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 21, 2011 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

To me, the theater choices were weird. I scanned the list of showings, and it seemed like a lot of white-bread suburbias, often pretty far from the locations I'd have chosen (in places I knew). Maybe "we are everywhere," but ... perhaps less We in some Everywheres.

And not nearly so inclined to find a babysitter, get out our easy chairs and drive to a mall to see a flick available on Netflix as to do the same for a Furthur show.

So, basically, good reports from W Coast/NYC. (Go figure.) Less so elsewhere. Would be interested to hear if anyone went in Boulder/Ft Fun or similar college towns. (Madison? Eugene/Santa Cruz were, I hope and assume, a good time had by all.)

They played it in so MANY places, too, it was ... surprising. Some kind of cheap deal with a particular chain, or what?

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Apr 21, 2011 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

Compounding the mistake: choosing a date during Holy Week/Passover, and mid-week to boot. Should have been a Saturday night, mid-summer... forget being cute about 420.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 22, 2011 5:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

I'd go with the night before July 4. Most everbody has the next day off, and you can use the US Blues Overalls Dude as the perfect promotion.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Apr 21, 2011 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

20 people in attendance in shitlumbus, ohio. couple youngsters, mostly
touch heads, no elders.

But lemme tell you all what really got me. We all have heard the question,
"what if everyone had a cell phone at Woodstock?". Well l can now answer,
what if two people in a movie theatre watching the Grateful Dead movie from 1974 had cell phones (and Nintendo games in this case) ?"
Unfuckingbelievable. There l sit waiting for the show to start.

(SIDEBAR~ the interviews of Barlow/Weir and Garcia at the beginning were horribly boring to me and didnt mind the bright, glaring light radiating from
the douches in front of me, and well....lm a very easy going individual, and I
assumed that all would cease at the start of the show.... HA!).

This couple in front of me apparently thought the movie theatre was their
living room. l KID YOU NOT~ Next thing l see is this guy is taking pictures
of the screen. He has the exact same phone as me, so l know the pix are
gonna be shitty. BUT THATS NOT THE POINT! Taking pictures of the
movie screen!!?? With the little 'camera shutter sound' every time?!?!
lm god buddy, like you cant go online and get THOUSANDS
of pictures of anything pertaining to the GD at any time? You have to take pix of the screen here and now?!?! Then it gets better... The beginning
animation is over (which l just love the cheesiness of to this day) and l
lean over to my buddy and whisper, "Here we go...", knowing that US Blues
is when the movie concert really starts. This bitch in front of me, who has climbed OVER the seats to get out and back with MORE popcorn at this point, because her boyfriend, who is such a gentleman, wont stand up to let her through the empty isle, TURNS ON her Nintendo dts (or whatever those
things are). Three words: BRIGHT AS HELL. lm thinking at this point
It literally took someone in the BACK of the theatre to complain to the management, to get a 17 year old usher to explain to these idiots that they
need to turn off their cell phones, stop taking pix, and turn off the Nintendo.
Allow me to repeat... unfuckingbelievable. What has society come to?

So what else do you do at that point? Me? l got a sense of relaxation of
being able to enjoy the movie a little more, and the girl in front of me? Went
into sleep mode. Again, begging the question, WHY ARE YOU HERE?!?
So by the end of the movie, (picture in your minds eye) there is this 300 pound woman curled up in the fetal postion as much as one can in a movie theatre seat with her head in her boyfriends chest, her hand firmly placed
over her ear...............snoring. I swear. Thats when l WANTED TO TAKE A PICTURE.... of her and leave.

As for the movie, loved it. The guy singing to US Blues in the front row
will get you every time, l dont care who you are. The guy who you think is on
roller skates, only to see they are magical boots.... again, gets me every
time. There was no clapping, dancing, singing along, smoke, etc. Just
a few guffaws at some of the scenes. Especially about the guy saying,
"this bands been together for 10 years now, thats the longest l've ever seen!"
The sound at the theatre was good. But it should have been louder.
There were no , "TURN IT UP" chants or anything. Mind you this is a
movie l have owned and watched for years. The best night being the night
when my next door neighbor came knocking and told me she could hear
"the bass coming right through the walls". I looked her straight in the eyes and said, "thank you", and shut the door. l politely turned it down since she
called the cops on me once before
So basically a fairly crappy experience. Was it worth $25? no.
Should l have just watched it in the comfort of my own home? yes
Will l do it again? maybe. Will l be the first to complain about idiots with
cell phones in a movie theatre from now on? You betcha. Did l love every
sound coming out of the speakers? Absolutely. Will this experience deter
me from listening to the GD every day for the rest of my life? never......

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Apr 21, 2011 3:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

LOL. I enjoyed your review.
That is pretty amazing with the cell phone pics and Nintendo.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Apr 21, 2011 7:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

I really did laugh out loud reading this. Too funny. Don't think I'd have laughed in the theater, though.

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Poster: ppaddler Date: Apr 21, 2011 11:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

I saw the show in Warwick, RI last night & have to admit that after 90 minutes I'd had enough of sitting down w/ a bunch of old hippies pining for the good ol days. Given that those days are long gone I made for the exit & put Europe 72' in the CD player for the ride home. Sweet memories.
Still the best band ever.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Apr 21, 2011 10:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Movie Attendees

seriously, tell us how you really feel.

Outstanding review. Have to agree with the whole damn thing, from the lameness of the viewers the the utter perfection of the overalls dude. I stopped going to movies alltogether until they opened this "deluxe" theater near me where you can pay an extra $3 bucks or so for an intimate theater, big seats, 21+ age limit AND beer/wine service at your seat. Not to say there still aren't those SmartPhone asswipes in attendance, but because the theater is smaller, they are easier to spot and harrass into submission.